Exodus 21 ©

Laws concerning bondmen, or slaves, vs. 1, etc. Servants, whose ears are pierced, 5. Ordinances for bondwomen, 7. Of murderers, 12. Of those who steal people, 16. Of those who curse their parents, 17. Of those who beat one another, 18. Of those who hurt a woman with child, 22. Of a master of a family who strikes out an eye or tooth of his man- or maidservant, 26. Of a thrusting ox, 28. Of those who hurt their neighbor’s ox by digging a pit, 33.


NOW these are 1the judgments which thou shalt set before 2them.


If thou buy 3ana Hebrew 4servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing.


If he came in 5by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he were 6married, then his wife shall go out with him.


If his master have given him 7a wife, and she have born him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master's, and he shall go out 8by himself.


Andb if the servant shall 9plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I 10will not go out free:


Then his master shall bring him unto 11the judges; he shall also bring him 12to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore 13his ear through with an aul;c and he shall serve him 14for ever.


¶And if 15a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as 16the menservants do.


If she 17please not her master, who hath 18betrothed her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed: to sell her unto a strange nation he shall have no power, seeing he hath dealt deceitfully with her.


And if he have betrothed her unto his son, 19he shall deal with her after the manner of daughters.


If he take him another wife; 20her food, her raiment, and 21her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish.


And if he do not 22these three unto her, then shall she go out free without money.


¶Hed that smiteth a man, so that he die, 23shall be surely put to death.


And if a man lie not 24in wait, but God deliver him into his hand; then I will appoint thee 25a place whither he shall flee.


But if a man come presumptuously upon his neighbour, to slay him with guile; thou shalt take him 26from mine altar, 27that he may die.


¶Ande he that smiteth his father, or his mother, shall be surely put to death.


¶And he that stealeth 28a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.


¶Andf he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.


¶And if men strive together, and 29one smite another with a stone, or with his fist, and he die not, but keepeth his bed:


If he rise again, and walk abroad upon his staff, then shall he that smote him be 30quit:g31only he shall pay for 32the loss of his time, and shall cause him to be 33thoroughly healed.


¶And if a man smite 34his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die 35under his hand; he shall be surely 36punished.


Notwithstanding, if he 37continue a day or two, he shall not be punished: for 38he is his money.


¶If men strive, 39and hurt a woman with child, so that 40her fruit depart from her, and yet 41no mischief follow: 42he shall 43be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as 44the judges determine.


And if 45any mischief follow, then thou shalt 46give 47life for life,


Eyeh for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,


Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.


¶And if a man smite the eye of his servant, or the eye of his maid, that it perish; he shall let him go 48free for his eye's sake.


And if he smite out his manservant's tooth, or his maidservant's tooth; he shall let him go free for his 49tooth’s sake.


¶Ifi50an ox gore a man or a woman, that they die: then the ox shall be 51surely stoned, and his flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox 52shall be quit.


But if the ox were wontj to push with his horn 53in time past, and it hath been testified to his owner, and he hath not kept him in, but that he hath killed a man or a woman; the ox shall be stoned, and his owner also 54shall be put to death.


If there be 55laid on him a sum of money, then he shall give for the ransom of his life whatsoever is laid upon him.


Whether he have gored a son, or have gored a daughter, according to this judgment shall it be done unto him.


If the ox shall push a manservant or a maidservant; 56he shall give unto 57their master thirty 58shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.


¶And if a man shall open a pit, or if a man shall dig a pit, and not cover it, and 59an ox or an ass fall therein;


The owner of the pit shall make it good, and give 60money unto the owner of them; and the dead beast shall be 61his.


¶And if one man's ox hurt another's, that he die; then they shall sell the live ox, and divide the money of it; and the dead ox also they shall divide.


Or if it be known that the ox hath used to push in time past, and his owner hath not kept him in; he shall 62surely pay ox for ox; and the dead shall be 63his own.